A parent's worst nightmare becomes reality when her child is taken away in the middle of the night. When her daughter Julie suddenly reappears at her door eight years later, Anna thinks that the nightmare is over and her family can finally try to have a normal life. But her happiness at having her daughter back doesn't last long when private detective Alex Mercado casts doubts on Julie's identity.
Telling the story from both Anna and Julie's points of view, the author relives Anna's past eight years as she tries to come to terms with the fact that she may never see her daughter again and portrays her distress as she wonders who is the girl living in her house. And as Julie's past slowly unravels, I found myself more and more engrossed in this provocative novel. A dark and dramatic story about a mother's grief, a girl's survival, and the relationship between parents and their children, Amy Gentry has created a gripping thriller full of twists that kept me wondering until the end. (NP)